In the community
A team from Amthal has completed 1 TRUE GRIT to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK. Jamie, Phil, Jason, Dave, Lee, Sarah, Vic and Matt tackled the course, which is a combination of running, mud and obstacles designed and managed by British Armed Forces. 1 True Grit is a hardcore 10k run across raw natural terrain, including open ground, woodland, lakes and thick mud. The team completed a series of seriously tough obstacles - both man-made and natural, all designed to test mental and physical strength, skill and stamina. The team ran, climbed, jumped, waded, crawled and swam through a course designed to challenge on every level.
If you would like to make a donation please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/amthalfundraising/
Rennie Grove Hospice Care
ISLE OF WHITE CYCLE CHALLENGE - Amthal is proud to have supported the 4 day ride to the South Coast. The inaugural Rennie Grove Cycle Challenge was organised to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Nursing and Caring. Captained by Graham Poll, former FIFA referee and a Patron of Rennie Grove, the challenge comprised of a four day ride from St Albans/Tring to the South Coast and back again, taking in Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and Bournemouth en route. The team raised over £60,000 and still counting.
Amthal protect a heritage attraction in St Albans. Early in 2002 a group of St Albans residents decided that the signal box at the end of their road had been left to decay for 25 years too many. It could surely be put to a better use than a pigeon nesting box (they got in through the cracks in the boards).
The group looked at possibilities and talked to a few people and the end result was a determination to save the Grade 2 listed signal box, as the only other alternative was to let it disintegrate. We also discovered that it has a rare 1906 Midland Railway 'tumbler' interlocking lever frame. In order to accomplish this goal, we formed a Building Preservation Trust. As a registered charity, we have been awarded grants which have enabled us to lease the signal box from Network Rail and restore it.
Mad Englishmen Cycle Team
Amthal founding director Paul Rosenthal and some of his good pals, left to right, Paul Browning, Mark Bunting, Paul Small, Richard Marchand, Sam Skuce rode for charity from St Albans to Marbella, Spain 1200Km. Starting on the 16th October 2012 and arriving in Marbella, Spain 10 days and 1200 km later as part of the "Los Loco Ingleses" otherwise known as "The Mad Englishmen" cycling team !!
The charities supported were "Grove House Hospice" and "Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital" (GOSH) of which both charities provide outstanding support for all their patients and families and would be grateful for anything that you can give via the link below:
A little about GOSH…Great Ormond Street Hospital is full of remarkable children whose bravery touches everyone. With our help, they keep the magic alive for thousands of children who need our help every year. They need to raise over £50 million each year to make sure the hospital remains the world-class pioneering institution it is today. Support from fundraising events like this helps them to buy vital equipment, fund pioneering research and most importantly rebuild and refurbish some of their hospital site. This redevelopment will allow them to replace inconvenient, cramped outdated wards with new facilities where parents can sleep alongside their child and will mean that children have more space in which to get well.
A little about Grove House Hospice....Grove House believe everyone affected by cancer or life-threatening illness has the right to access specialist care to have the best possible quality of life. They work proactively with patients, families and other healthcare professionals. Every week Grove House offers over 150 treatments and consultations to patients, their families and carers at Grove House or at home. All services are free of charge. Each patient's care is tailored to his/her own needs, for example pain reduction/symptom control from the specialist nurses, help with mobility from the physiotherapist or occupational therapist, or spiritual or emotional support and counselling from the spiritual care and family support team. We also provide respite support and counselling for carers who can become overwhelmed or exhausted and rarely receive any support themselves. Above all Grove House is about valuing life.
The team returned safely and to date have raised over £26,000
Bailey's Appeal - Follow Bailey's Progress
Bailey fell poorly at the age of 4. Several visits to our GP and hospital found nothing. More visits were needed as calpol no longer took the pain away. Bailey would scream in pain, he started limping and wouldn't walk. Bailey hadn't moved the sofa in days, so we took him to hospital again. The doctor turned to me and said. "There is a problem, the problem is here" 'tapping her head' (insinuating it was all in my mind).
Another doctor examined Bailey, turned to the first doctor and asked her to feel Bailey's tummy and explain why she had failed to find the large tumour in his tummy!!! CANCER. Our lives came crashing down. Everything a whirlwind. Great Ormond Street, became our home for most of the next two years and we watched Bailey fight to live through all the suffering, pain and sickness with broken hearts.
We began to believe he had beaten it, we were thankful he was feeling well. Bailey relished every single moment and we watched him thrive. 2 years came and went, our lives seemed to be normal. Then the magic milestone came, 5 years in remission! Bailey had beaten Neuroblastoma, he was CURED! Tragically, after being in remission for almost 7 years, our beautiful, gentle little boy relapsed. The Cancer is BACK. We are devastated.
On hearing the news we fell to pieces, the strength that 'just comes' didn't. Maybe this time we just aren't strong enough to do it all again? We had been told if it came back, there was nothing they could do. I tried to reassure my son that he would get through it again. More chemotherapy was given to try to give him more time. The doctor did her best to explain and asked Bailey if he had any questions. Bailey asked, "Does it hurt to die"? My heart was ripped out, Bailey reached for my hand and said "don't cry mum, I'm going to win".
Treatment began; hair loss, sickness, pain, weight loss, depression, fear, yet all the while saying "I'm going to beat this". I found out about other treatments available abroad, curative treatments, my fight is back! After researching Bailey's options we know he can get another chance at LIFE! However we would have to pay enormous amounts of money, up to £500,000 and more too, but we will not give up! Who could turn their back on such a kind strong little boy, we need to offer him a 2nd chance to beat this, but we need your help.
Tough Mudder Challenge
Phil Bryant, Service Accounts Manager chose to take on the Tough Mudder Challenge to support Help for Heroes. The Tough Mudder course is a 12 mile assault course designed by the British special forces to break even to strongest of men and women! Phil dedicated five months to prepare for the challenge in return for sponsorship for Help for Heroes. If you would like to know more about Tough Mudder is and see some videos visit the website below.
Help for Heroes raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of their country. Phil decideed to support this charity as his way of showing these extraordinary men and women that they are cared for by all. The money raised goes to buy much needed services that will aid their recovery. All of the money is raised in order to fund direct projects and support other service charities.
Phil completed the chalage on the 8th June 2013 in 3.5hrs
Cancer Research UK
Amthal supports St Albans town centre Cancer Research Charity shop, see below comments following our latest works:
Can I thank you and all at Amthal for the very generous support for the Cancer Research shop in the town. They are delighted with the new camera system, and hopefully it will reduce the number of items that are stolen, almost daily from the shop. Enabling them to raise more money for such a good cause !
It also gives the volunteer staff an improved feeling of confidence in their situation / location. Very Kind Regards.
Steve & Sheila Lindsay
The 1st St Albans Scout Group
Amthal have supported the 1st St Albans Cub football team for many years. The team had a great season (2014/15) finishing top of the St Albans District Cub Scout Football Premier League and runners up in the Cub Football Cup Finals Day.
Aside from the Cup matches the 9th May was the day that the team finally received the trophy for winning the Cub football league 2014/15. As the list of winners on the trophy clearly show this is the first time which the 1st have won the league trophy for 21 years. This is an amazing achievement and something for which they should be truly proud. Each and every one of the players will go down in history as being part of the team which ended that long barren spell.
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